Correctional Officers have one of the most difficult professions in the country. Not everyone who applies has what it takes to become a certified Correctional Officer. Correctional Officers are the Law Enforcement Officers who work in the Jails and Prisons... the nations toughest beats. Right out of the academy, a certified and employed Correctional Officer is also a supervisor. Correctional Officers are responsible for everything from overseeing inmate housing units to supervising and motivating inmate work crews.
There are four ways one can become a certified Correctional Officer in the State of Florida:
Complete a basic recruit training program for Correctional Officers.
Be certified in the State of Florida as a Law Enforcement Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Law Enforcement to Corrections.
Be certified in the State of Florida as a Correctional Probation Officer and Complete a Crossover program from Correctional Probation to Corrections.
Be a certified Correctional Officer in the United States and apply for the Equivalency of Training (EoT) program.
In order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Correctional Officer one must:
Complete the appropriate training program.
Pass the Florida State Certification Examination.
Be employed or appointed as a Correctional Officer by a certified Agency.
Minimum requirements for employment as a Correctional Officer
Be at least 19 years of age.
Be a citizen of the United States.
Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
Achieve a passing score on the CJBAT Test for Corrections.
Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency with prints processed by the FDLE and the FBI.
Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.
Have good moral character.
Completed an Affidavit of Applicant form CJSTC-68.
Successfully passed a background investigation to include drug testing.
Successfully completed one of the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Recruit, Crossover, or EOT training programs.
Achieve a passing score on the State Officer Certification Examination.
Complied with mandatory retraining for continuing training or education requirements.
Complete a CJBAT or FBAT. (BAT)
Meet the minimum qualifications (including a PAT).
Minimum requirements and steps to attend the Corrections Basic Academy
·Be at least 19 years of age.
·Be a citizen of the United States.
·Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
·Have a valid Florida Driver’s Licens.e
·Have not had any excessive traffic citations. Three in the last two years.
·Not have a dishonorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
·Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
·No misdemeanor convictions in the last 5 years.
·No DUI conviction in the last 5 years.
·Drug free minimum 1-5 years prior, depending on drug.
Step 1: Achieve a passing score on the CJBAT test for Correctional Officers
Additional information regarding this exam will be provided.
Step 2: Eligible for Application
You are eligible for an application CJBAT is passed and have met the requirements above. The CJBAT will be verified by an Academy Staff member. If you did not take the exam with the Academy, you must provide a copy of your results. Each class has a registration period. Dates are provided on the back of this page. An application may be picked up (walk-in) no appointment necessary.
Step 3: Submit the application packet/schedule for Fingerprints, Certified Drug Test, and P.A.T.
·Call to schedule an appointment 239-334-3897. Ms. Stephanie Brown will review your application packet. Applicants must have application completed with all paperwork required. Other subjects that will be scheduled and mandatory to pay on this day as part of your package completion: Fingerprints, Certified Drug Test, and Physical Abilities Test.
·Fingerprints $52.50 (Credit Card only).
·Certified Drug Test $35.00 (Credit Card – Visa or MasterCard Only).
·Physical Abilities Test $25.00 (cash, credit card, money order).
Step 4: Interview
You will be advised of the date and time of your Interview. Your interview results will be given within 48hrs.
Step 5: Orientation for accepted applicants
Fees due on this day:
1. Uniforms - full payment of $180.04.
Payment is accepted in Cash, Credit/Debit Card, or Money Order to be made payable to” Hamilton’s Uniforms LLC.”
2. Tuition fee-minimum: $150.00 (Registration Fee, Books, and PT Gear).
Any additional items may be purchased at the Academy.
·Hat $ 7.00
·Jackets $ 21.00
·Sweats set $25.00
·Mouth Piece $1.00
Step 6: First day of class
Check the Schedule for a list of class dates and times.
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